Archive for September, 2013

Reviewer Gets Lost Inside The Covers (And the Cornstalks) of The Wide Game!


Lost Inside The Covers just posted a great new review of my novel The Wide Game.  Here is an excerpt…

“This book pulled me in right away.  Tense, scary, bloody and horrifying…There are twists and turns, bunches of crows and some Indian mythology at play.  The tension disappears then ratchets up to twist you into knots before the guillotine falls.  No, there isn’t a guillotine, but you get the idea…4 black stars sitting amongst a murder of crows, staring at you quietly as you walk by.” 

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Read the full review here!

And get your very own copy of The Wide Game here!

Skull Full of Kisses Back from the Dead!


Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Matthew Perry for the reissue of Michael West’s Skull Full of Kisses, a collection of short stories that horror fans are sure to enjoy!

Featuring a forward by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Gary Braunbeck, Skull Full of Kisses includes a diverse range of tones and settings that display the horror virtuosity of Michael West.  The release also unites Skull Full of Kisses with Michael’s other Seventh Star Press titles such as Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, and Poseidon’s Children.

“I am so pleased that this, my first short fiction collection, is now back in print.  Ten tales, including a lot of fan favorites such as ‘Jiki,’ my ode to Asian Horror; ‘To Know How to See,’ my first real stab at Sci-fi Horror; and ‘Goodnight,’ which was named Best Horror Short Story of 2005 in the annual P&E Readers Poll. Those stories hold special places in my heart as well, and I’m so happy that they are now available again to both new and faithful readers alike.”

Skull Full of Kisses will be released in eBook format on Monday, September 30th, with availability for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBookstore, and other types of eReaders, with the print version to follow 1 week later. For further information on Michael West and his releases, visit the author’s site at or

Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based out of Lexington, Kentucky.


Upcoming Releases/Projects

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Since I’ve been asked, here is a list, as of now, of my upcoming releases/projects:

“Inner Goddess” Short Fiction appearing in The Book of the Dead (Jurassic London) October 2013.  Limited Edition (Mummified!) Hardcover now available for pre-order here!

The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades’ Disciples (Seventh Star Press) December 2013/early 2014

“The Grove” Short Fiction appearing in Shroud Magazine #13Shroud Publishing) TBA

Straightjacket Memories  New Short Fiction Collection!  (Seventh Star Press) TBA 2014

The Legacy of the Gods Book Three: Zeus’ Warriors (Seventh Star Press) TBA 2014

That’s the stuff I know about right now, but things are always in flux. LOL And it does not include the big announcement that keeps getting pushed back, but should be coming any day now. I will, of course, keep you all updated as things move forward or become available. And, as always, thank you all for your support!

Jurassic London Actually Mummifies Limited Hardcover “Book of the Dead!”


Hardcover, pre-orders only. £29.99 each ($49.99 US).

Purchases limited to 2 per person.

The Book of the Dead addresses the most fascinating of all the undead: the mummy. The mummy can be a figure of imperial dignity or one of shambling terror, at home in pulp adventure, contemporary drama, or apocalyptic horror. The anthology will be published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society, the UK’s oldest independent funder of archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt, dedicated to the promotion and understanding of ancient Egyptian history and culture.

This anthology includes nineteen original stories of revenge, romance, monsters and mayhem, ranging freely across time periods, genres and styles. The stories are illustrated by Garen Ewing, creator of The Adventures of Julius Chancer and introduced by John J. Johnston, Vice Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society.

Authors: Gail Carriger, Paul Cornell, Maria Dahvana Headley, David Bryher, Jesse Bullington, Molly Tanzer, Jonathan Green, Louis Greenberg, Maurice Broaddus, Will Hill, Glen Mehn, Jenni Hill, Lou Morgan, Sarah Newton, Den Patrick, Michael West, Adam Roberts, David Thomas Moore and Roger Luckhurst.

Intro: John J. Johnston

Art: Garen Ewing

  • “Ramesses on the Frontier” by Paul Cornell
  • “Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb” by Jesse Bullington
  • “Old Souls” by David Thomas Moore
  • “Her Heartbeat, An Echo” by Lou Morgan
  • “Mysterium Tremendum” by Molly Tanzer
  • “Tollund” by Adam Roberts
  • “All is Dust” by Den Patrick
  • “The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar” by Gail Carriger
  • “The Cats of Beni Hasan” by Jenni Hill
  • “Inner Goddess” by Michael West
  • “Cerulean Memories” by Maurice Broaddus
  • “The Roof of the World” by Sarah Newton
  • “Henry” by Glen Mehn
  • “The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey” by David Bryher
  • “Bit-U-Men” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • “Egyptian death and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3)” by Jonathan Green
  • “Akhenaten Goes to Paris” by Louis Greenberg
  • “The Thing of Wrath” by Roger Luckhurst
  • “Three Memories of Death” by Will Hill

100 hand-numbered, hardcover copies, with gold embossed titles on midnight blue buckram, dark cream endpapers. The Book of the Dead limited edition is bound (literally) in cloth and sealed in wax, impressed with the seal of the Egypt Exploration Society.

This edition also contains an exclusive illustration by Garen Ewing that will not appear in any other edition. Because of its unique construction, purchasers of the limited edition will also receive a copy of the ebook for free. 

The Cast of HBO’s True Blood Adds Their Names to Cancer Fight!

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Five members of the cast of HBO’s hit television series True Blood signed a copy of the Michael West-edited SSP anthology Vampires Don’t Sparkle! to be auctioned with 100% of proceeds from this event going to support cancer research. The auction will be conducted through eBay starting the second week of October and ending on Halloween, October 31st.


“It is a very personal cause for me, ” says Michael West, the author of highly-acclaimed novels such as Poseidon’s ChildrenCinema of ShadowsThe Wide Game and Spook House. “One year ago, I lost one of my closest friends, author Sara J. Larson, to cancer, and then my wife was diagnosed with the disease last fall. I hope that, with this anthology, we can help win the fight against this real-life horror.”

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Signing the copy of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! were:
Editor Michael West
Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara Thorton 
Sam Trammell, who plays Sam Merlotte 
Jim Parrack, who played Hoyt Fortenberry 
Janina Gavankar, who played Luna Garza  
Jessica Clark, who plays vampire god Lilith

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This will be a great opportunity for True Blood fans to get a one-of-a-kind collectible!  Even better, Vampires Don’t Sparkle! honors the true spirit of vampire storytelling, making for a perfect match!


What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?

Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you…do something else? Anything else?

The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be “vampyre.”

Edited by Michael West

Foreword by Michael West

“A New Life” by J. F. Gonzalez
“What Once was Flesh” by Tim Waggoner
“The Darkton Circus Mystery” by Elizabeth Massie
“Robot Vampire” by R. J. Sullivan
“Beneath a Templar Cross” by Gord Rollo
“The Weapon of Memory” by Kyle S. Johnson
“The Excavation” by Stephen Zimmer
“Skraeling” by Joel A. Sutherland
“Dreams of Winter” by Bob Freeman
“Dracula’s Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues” by Gregory L. Hall
“I Fuck Your Sunshine” by Lucy A. Snyder
“A Soldier’s Story” by Maurice Broaddus
“Rattenkönig” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Vampire Nation” by Jerry Gordon
“Curtain Call” by Gary A. Braunbeck

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! are donated to cancer research institutions to fight the real horrors of Cancer.

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